of america. >> reporter: he lived through the assassination of two brothers, the personal scandal of chappaquiddick, and his own failed presidential bid. on issues like the iraq war, he battled republicans. >> you basically have mismanaged the war and created an impossible situation for military recruiters who put our forces and our national security in danger. >> reporter: but observers say when it came to passing important legislation, he had no peers. he knew how to work the legislative process to get legislation done, even when the democrats were not in control. >> reporter: and you can see my entire interview with professor gibson sunday night on to the point. among the issues, his first meeting with the senator while working as an attorney at the justice department. that's to the point sunday night at 1220. terry owens, abc 2 news. >>> maryland's senator center barbara mikulski is still recovering from an ankle injury, but she did speak about us and she remembers ted kennedy as a lawmaker who was willing to work across-party lines. >>> and ben cardin echoed senator mikulski'